The first known written declaration of freedom of faith was discovered on a stone scroll dating back to the time of Cyrus the Great, King of ancient Babylon.
Persian filmmaker Aryana Farshad recently journeyed through Iran, which borders the ancient lands of Cyrus the Great, to film the great variety of ancient religious rituals still practiced deep within her native country.
Over a period of nine months, Farshad filmed spiritual rites hidden for centuries from the outside world and in 2002 she completed the documentary Mystical Iran: The Unseen World.
Farshad’s camera crew traveled into women’s chambers in the great mosques, captured a spontaneous fire ritual in a cave occupied by followers of Zarathustra, and filmed dervishes in the Kurdistan mountains performing sacred dances to pulsating drumbeats.
From the narrow alleyways of Qom to the stunning interior of the great mosque, Mystic Iran: The Unseen Worldtakes the viewer on a breathtakingly beautiful spiritual journey.